Honor Magic 6 Pro review: the anti-iPhone

Bucking the Apple-a-like trend, Honor's Magic 6 Pro thinks differently and gets a lot right in the process – especially with its camera.

A photo of the Honor Magic 6 Pro Android smartphone
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Honor Magic 6 Pro is a long-lasting, fast-shooting, powerful phone that costs a fair whack but scratches a lot of itches. Its main camera may not have the biggest sensor around, but with very smart software, impressive motion capture, a variable aperture and a fantastic telephoto camera between 60-90mm, it's a pleasure to shoot with and a great shout for anyone who wants loads of storage, excellent battery life and a very not-iPhone smartphone.


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    Impressive main camera performance

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    Excellent telephoto between 60m-90mm

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    Fantastic battery life

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    Stunning-looking display


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    AI processing can be overzealous

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    Colour inconsistencies across cameras

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    Peak HDR brightness too high for lowlight viewing

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    Occasional interface gremlins

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You might look at the Honor Magic 6 Pro with its pill-shaped camera cut out and think – what an iPhone copy – and yes, there are some UI bits that do indeed make us think of iPhones, but for the most part, Honor's latest flagship is the least iPhone smartphone around.

While the iPhone 14 Pro introduced Apple's dynamic island, Honor's had a pill-shaped selfie camera for years – see the Magic 4 Pro and Magic 5 Pro – it's just been off to the side. Going beyond the selfie camera, while other brands like Samsung with its Galaxy S24 and Xiaomi with its Xiaomi 14 are channeling iPhone styling in 2024, the Honor Magic 6 Pro is a true individual, with its muted green vegan leather back, quad-curved screen and squircle camera surround.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.